Disputes with business sales agents
We regularly represent small businesses that find themselves in dispute with business sales agents. The owners of small businesses are often taken in by the inflated value that an agent may put on their business, and then dismayed to find that there is no cooling-off period or right of cancellation.
Many business sales agents use standard terms that are heavily weighted in their favour. Civil litigation Solicitor Liverpool: We are here to help tip the balance back to a fairer place.
Landlord and Tenant
Do you require expert assistance in relation to a residential landlord and tenant dispute? These can be very stressful and time-consuming.
Our specialist team at Levins Solicitors have the resources and expertise to offer advice in relation to the Landlord and Tenant Act, including the remedies available to landlords who require an efficient and cost-effective solution to regaining possession of their property.
MEET THE Civil Litigation TEAM
Robin was born in Kirkby and raised in Liverpool. He graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1981 and qualified as a solicitor in 1984. He joined the practice in 1987, became a partner in 1990 and Senior Partner in 2002.
He has dedicated himself to the service of our clients’ legal needs and has been instrumental in ensuring Levins are still the biggest provider of legal services in Knowsley — a position we have held proudly for a large number of years. While his passion is fighting for people’s rights in the police station and the courts, he is nevertheless able to buy and sell your house and give you small business advice.
He will negotiate and advise you on the terms of your lease whether you are the landlord or tenant and if that is not enough he is able to help you secure maximum compensation in the unfortunate event you have had an accident that is not your fault.
As Senior Partner, Robin has recruited an excellent team to help you in all your legal requirements and strongly believes that service comes first. He is fully supported by his business partner David Woods and he believes that Levins remain accessible and friendly without ever compromising on quality expert advice from qualified legal professionals.
Harriet graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2011 with a degree in Law and thereafter completed the Legal Practice Course in 2012. After completing her education Harriet started work as a Paralegal at a national law firm specialising in all areas of personal injury and clinical negligence.
Harriet joined Levins in June 2016 and following successful completion of her training contract qualified as a Solicitor in April 2018.
Jon completed his legal studies in 2009, having previously completed degrees in theoretical physics and philosophy at the University of Manchester and the University of Leeds respectively.
Jon acts in a wide range of civil matters, with a particular interest in land law and implied trusts.
He also has a growing employment practice, specialising in discrimination claims. Jon successfully acted and appeared at trial for the claimant in a high-profile disability discrimination claim against a major airline.
Jon is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Employment Lawyers Association.
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If you need any further assistance please give us a call on 0151 480 5777 or fill in our contact form below.
WHY CHOOSE LEVINS?
At the more complex end of the spectrum, we have achieved successful outcomes for both businesses and individuals in a number of high-value cases. We offer staged fees to give you certainty about how much you will have to pay and when. If you have legal expenses insurance, the insurer will usually pay our fees.
If you want to find out whether you have a case worth pursuing, we will assess your case and provide you with clear, pragmatic advice for a fixed fee of £300. Don’t be taken in by offers of free consultations – if you want advice you can rely on, come to Levins.
Civil litigation Solicitor Liverpool: At Levins we care about building lasting relationships with our clients and understand that being professional, open, honest and approachable is key to this and it underpins all of our work.
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CHECK OUT OUR CIVIL LITIGATION FAQ’S BELOW.
Civil litigation Solicitor Liverpool: We offer an initial consultation with a solicitor for a fee of £300. We will talk to you in detail about your case and consider any relevant paperwork you may have. Following your appointment we will write to you to formally advise you of your legal position and of the options for funding your case.
We cannot rule out the possibility that you may be required to attend court at some stage. However, the overwhelming majority of civil disputes are settled either before court proceedings begin or before the case reaches trial. We will be able to advise you on the merits of any settlement proposals so that you can make an informed decision as to how you wish to proceed.
The length of time it will take to conclude your case depends on the nature and the complexity of the dispute. We will be able to provide you with a more specific timeline following initial consultation.
In most circumstances we are required to take certain steps before bringing court proceedings. Some types of claim are governed by specific Pre-Action Protocols; in other cases the Practice Direction — Pre-Action Conduct will apply. Many cases can be settled without resort to litigation, and we always strive to achieve settlement where possible. Pre-action investigation and negotiation may last no more than a couple of weeks in straightforward cases but in more complex cases it may take in excess of 6 months.
If court proceedings are begun, the case will normally be allocated to a track, based primarily on its value and complexity. The three tracks are:
- the small claims track;
- the fast track; and
- the multi-track.
Civil litigation Solicitor Liverpool: As a rough guide, a small claim will generally be concluded within 6 months and a fast track claim within 9 months, whereas multi-track claims generally take over 1 year to reach trial.
For most types of claim there is a limitation period prescribed by the Limitation Act 1980. As a rule of thumb, if you wish to bring court proceedings based on a breach of contract, you should do so within 6 years of the date on which the contract was breached, whereas a negligence claim should be brought within 6 years of the date on which you suffered loss as a result of the defendant’s lack of care. See our Personal Injury section for information on the special limitation period for personal injury claims.
However, the above time limits can be circumvented and we can advise you on limitation issues.
You may have heard people refer to the “small claims court”. This is something of a misnomer: small claims are in fact heard in the same court and by the same judges as other types of claim. They are subject to many of the same Civil Procedure Rules as other types of claim. However, there are some significant differences:
- A claim will only be allocated to the small claims track if it is a relatively straightforward matter and the financial value of the claim is not more than £10,000.
- The court will generally take a more relaxed approach to procedure in cases which have been allocated to the small claims track.
- The successful party in a small claim will not usually be awarded more than a nominal sum for his solicitor’s fees.
The last of these features was designed to make the courts more accessible to the average person, but unfortunately the effect is often the reverse: because we cannot usually recover our fees from your opponent, we have no choice but to pass them on to you. Nevertheless, at Levins Solicitors we offer highly competitive fixed fees for small claims so that you can form a judgment at the outset as to whether your case is worth pursuing or defending.
If you have suffered loss as a result of a mistake made by a legal professional, we can help. We have a special interest in professional negligence claims involving other firms of solicitors. Our firm’s experience and breadth of expertise across almost all areas of the law allows us to pinpoint errors made by other firms. We can then advise whether your loss is legally attributable to your solicitor’s error, which is generally the most difficult point to prove in cases of this type.
Civil litigation Solicitor Liverpool: Areas we cover include Huyton, Liverpool, Merseyside, North West, North Wales, Cheshire, Lancashire
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